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Paris - My tickets are purchased/hotel reserved... a few questions

Feb 4th, 2010, 08:12 AM
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Margaretlb - I Love the link to the food markets!! It gives extraordinary information. Love it!!
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Feb 4th, 2010, 08:57 AM
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Heres one for you-
4th Arrondissement, 10 Rue du Cloitre-Notre-Dame.
Metro: Cite`
Open Wed and Saturdays

Notre-Dame-de-Paris is one of the most visited monuments in Paris, and yet most people are unaware that it has a museum.
Tucked away in the Archbishop's Palace are three tiny rooms where the exhibits recall the glorius past of the Cathedral.

One of the first Merovingian cathedrals used to occupy the present site. Some of it's remains were discovered in 1847 and as late as 1965.
Past history is vividly recalled by items such as the base of a small glass dish with a 'chrismon' showing through, the earliest evidence of the conversion of Paris to Christianity.

Until 19th Century, a small narrow street used to lead up to the front of the cathedral. It's cellars were explored by archeologists. A faience pot found there bearing the inscription , " buve` a la providence" (drink to providence). must have been used at the nearby Hotel-Dieu Hospital during the 17th century.


Original drawings, engravings and paintings give an account of the cathedral's setting throughout the ages, going back to the time when episcopal buildings occupied the end of the island. The church district was closed in the evenings and had its own police force.

There are paintings, the oldest dating back to the 17thC, depicting the interior of the edifice before the French Revolution. No chairs in the nave and lots of statues, paintings and tapestries, of which only a few dispersed relics remain today. All thats left of the decoration created for the coronation of Napoleon I are two gilded bronze bees.

These humble, valuable and well-displayed items help us to understand the extent to which the cathedral was an essential part of Paris. The real "heart" of the capital.
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Feb 4th, 2010, 08:59 AM
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Your question about vintage boutiques remains unanswered. A few yeeas back I was doing teh smae for mens clothing. i no longer have the list, but I found several via creative googling. use words like, vintage designer, used runway used, always in clude paris (and exclude hilton). I found a few, hopefully some others will reply as well.
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Feb 4th, 2010, 09:01 AM
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Margaret"s link only gives 4 markets and there are many many more. This link provides all the market days for Paris and the rest of France.


My favorite is Richard Lenoir, on Thus and Sundays near Place Bastille
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Feb 4th, 2010, 09:03 AM
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You can find vintage clothes at the Porte de Vanves flea market on weekends. Also across from the Louvre , Antiquaries de Louvre has several shops selling vintage clothing
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Feb 4th, 2010, 10:28 AM
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Some more links for you. These are regarding "depot-vente":

A NYT article describing depot-ventes: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/02/st....16638139.html

A pretty famous shop mentioned in a lot of blogs and tourist info: http://www.reciproque.fr/en/8/

Another, oft mentioned shop (actually, two locations):

A site in French that has a search by neighborhood:
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Feb 4th, 2010, 10:41 AM
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I second, third and fourth the recommendations above.

This one's very easy to visit off the cuff (rather than off the beaten path) and won't take long. I wouldn't say it's a must-see, but I like Delacroix so I really enjoyed it. Included on the Museum Pass.


Is she interested in photography?

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Feb 4th, 2010, 11:02 AM
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The Delacroix is also a good place to get your musuem pass. There is never a line .

A little visited museum is Musee de la Vie Romantique. A lovely house, courtyard and tea room, with associations to several 19th century artistic and literary greats. They often have special exhibits on in addition to their regular collection.

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Feb 4th, 2010, 11:06 AM
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For vintage clothing, go to www.google.fr and type in:

friperie vintage paris
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Feb 4th, 2010, 12:13 PM
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I second the Jacquemart-Andre Museum. Fascinating look at the life of collectors. Try to take the tour.
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Go to ChicWalks.com walks for Paris. The founder of ChicWalks is also the owner of Nuit Blanche Tours (www.nuitblanchetours.com), a tour company for women visiting Paris. They take you on fantastic shopping tours of Paris! If anyone goes to Vancouver, they also have walks just in time for the 2010 Olympic Games! The ChicWalks Vancouver Shopping app is available for download on the iTunes store worldwide, search for 'chicwalks.'
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Feb 5th, 2010, 05:37 AM
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This is just fabulous information - I really appreciate the input - I have looked at all the links and it has been a tremendous help.

ChicWalks is a great idea. Why didn't I think of that!?

Again - wonderful information....
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tod= that sounds fascinating. I am bookmarking!
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